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Belgravia

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goop Shop-in-Shop Harvey Nichols
109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia
With its seventeenth-century grandeur, impossibly impressive food scene, world-class shopping, and top-tier museums, London has always had us enthralled. Opening our first international goop store in pastel-pretty Notting Hill was a natural fit. Then it was time for our first pop-up store-in-store, and we all collectively whispered: Harvey Nichols. Designed by Charles & Co to fuse the best of Californian and British design sensibilities—a little mid-century modern, a little sweet floral—the space stocks the A-list of #goodcleangoop beauty, a London-specific edit of G. Label, Tabitha Simmons shoes and jewelry, and a whole lot more. You’ll find us on the fourth floor.
Emma Peel
9 Eccleston St., Belgravia
So much exercise is ticking a box. Cardio, done; strength training, done; yoga…not so fast. Yoga is supposed to be an immersive experience for body and mind, and so much of that transformative experience is dictated by the teacher. Emma Peel is one of those rare beings who describes herself as a yoga instructor, but really a session with her is like a master class in letting go. Two hours of yin with Peel involves holding stretches that go so deep, you feel it in your bones, while she recites poetry, speaks to the seasons, and plays the music that seems to crescendo with the tougher postures and soften with the gentle ones. Peel teaches all over London, but you can find her regularly at Yogarise in Peckham and the Light Centre in Belgravia.
Como The Halkin
5-6 Halkin St., Belgravia
COMO is the most quietly luxurious hotel group you’ve probably never heard of. It’s been around since 1991 with Zen-dedicated locations in Bali, Thailand, Bhutan, and more, and its forty-one-bedroom central London property is so discreet that until recently, we didn’t even know it was there. And that’s the idea. The exterior could be another sophisticated building common to the neighborhood, but stepping inside is like stepping into another world. Guest room doors and corridor walls are indistinguishable from one another, flowing in an undulating line of textured wood to mimic walking through a forest. The rooms are almost like sensory deprivation tanks—in the best way possible. Creamy walls, creamier carpets, white sheets, touches of earthy mahogany, and blackout curtains mean your bedroom is a place to rest, recharge, and maybe eat in. Room service at the Halkin is top-notch (and faster than any room service we’ve ever had). Sitting down to dinner wrapped up in soft hotel robes before tumbling into bed after a long day traipsing the city is how we like to vacation.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa
2 Lanesborough Pl., Belgravia
A relatively recent renovation to the spa and gym at London’s grande dame the Lanesborough takes wellness to the next level. The gym is first-class and available to guests and members with a slew of performance specialists on hand for one-on-one and class training,as well as full health assessments. Box, run, weight lift, dance, yoga you name it—it’s all available, plus a café that features nutritionist-led dishes and drinks for lunch after a workout. Highlights at the spa include Ila facials, crystal sound healing (pure sound vibrations made using a pestle and crystal bowl), and Tibetan energy healing. The biggest draw however is an energetic healing facial with the renowned Anastasia Achilleos (Achilleos has a residency on Thursdays, be sure to book early). The pool is one of the prettiest in London, and overall, the Lanesborough feels much more like a retreat than a fitness club.
Moda Operandi Mews
32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia
Tucked away in a listed Belgravia mews house—appropriately upmarket for the luxurious runway online retailer—Moda's first European showroom has been sumptuously decorated by the local design house, Fran Hickman. With warm, pink walls and a spiral staircase that leads to the upstairs of the historic townhouse (which was previously listed as a stable block), the entire space is reminiscent of an enormous, luxurious dressing room—especially fitting since the experience is totally private and by appointment only. In London, Moda fans get first dibs on straight-off-the-runway collections, ready-to-wear collections, and giftables.
April’s Café at Boutique 1
127/128 Sloane St., Belgravia
One of the latest trends in fashion is for boutiques to become all-day hangouts, boasting all the necessary parts: good food, coffee, and cocktails. The gang at Boutique 1 have gone all out and teamed up with East London's Bistrotheque, masters of the boozy brunch and weekend fashion hang. In their new, tiny Sloane Street location, the décor's brighter and leafier, but the cocktails, strong coffees, and indulgent snacks, like classic cheese toasties, remain. In addition, they've added tea to the menu for a girlie afternoon treat.
Boutique 1
127/128 Sloane St., Belgravia
With shops in Dubai, Beirut, and Abu Dhabi, this Middle Eastern retailer has now arrived in London in a sprawling space that couldn't be more at home on tony Sloane Square. With a Nordic-concept-store look and a mini-department-store feel, it offers plenty of dedicated room for designers like Victoria Beckham, Elie Saab, and Isabel Marant, while more niche brands like Bella Freud, Malone Souliers, and Monreal London get their airtime on the surrounding racks and displays. Meanwhile, the Bistrotheque team serves up all-day snacks and drinks at the in-store April's Cafe. As a bonus, it has a leafy and secluded courtyard, making it all the more of a destination for West London's fashion crowd.
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